I came to Christ 45 years ago. What drew me was the love of a black man who picked me up and gave me a lift after my car broke down on the freeway. Before exiting the car he invited me to attend his church. Because of his kindness, I went to a little storefront church in the inner city of Cleveland where I was impacted by the witness of about 30 black brothers and sisters who loved God and me, the only white guy there.
My description may sound similar to that of the young, terrorist killer in the Charleston, South Carolina church last Wednesday evening. He admitted afterwards that the love of the people so affected him that he almost changed his mind about his diabolical plan. Unfortunately he didn't, but what followed this heinous act are unmistakable examples of true Christianity. Was it also a sign of how people of faith should respond to increased persecution in the days before us?
In Hebrews chapter 11 there is what is often referred to as "God's Hall of Fame." Describing the adversity and even martyrdom of exemplary people, it says, "the world was not worthy of them" (Heb. 11:38). Might this be an accurate way to characterize the lives of those who perished and their loved ones' responses in the wake of this disaster? And shouldn't what we witnessed change our lives for the better if we follow their example of faith and forgiveness? more >>
The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr., who has been appointed to lead the Charleston church days after its pastor and eight members were killed in a shooting incident, led the first service since Wednesday's massacre. Other AME churches in the country preached forgiveness.
"The doors of the church are open. No evildoer, no demon in hell or on Earth can close the doors of God's church," Goff, a presiding elder of the 7th District AME Church in South Carolina, told the congregation, according to CNN.
Among the nine who were shot dead during a Bible study of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was the church's pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a Democratic member of the state senate. more >>
A pattern is beginning to emerge regarding gunmen who go on shooting rampages, and it's bad news for the left and their values. Deranged shooter Jared Loughner, who shot former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords in 2011, was a creepy leftist. Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza spent all day addicted to violent video games, had no contact with his father and only communicated with his mother through email. Last week, 21-year-old loner Dylann Roof senselessly shot and killed nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Somewhere along his life, someone stopped caring about Roof's education. He was allowed to drop out of ninth grade, and at the time of the shootings was unemployed. He had been arrested for petty crimes after getting caught with drugs.
The radicalization of Roof appeared to start when he bought into the left's mantra of blacks and other minorities vs. whites. In what is believed to be Roof's manifesto, he says the race wars stirred up by the Trayvon Martin shooting were what influenced him. After searching on the Internet for answers, he came across white supremacist websites that further incited his developing racism. more >>
Lone gunman Dylan Roof, 21, who shot and killed nine Christians during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday, purportedly boasted to friends about his plans to "kill a bunch of people," but later confessed to police he "almost didn't go through with it because everyone was so nice to him."
Roof was captured in Shelby, North Carolina, during a traffic stop on a tip from a local woman named Debbie Dills who said of the apprehension of Roof, "God had his hand in it." In an NBC interview, the woman claimed not to be a hero but only "a willing vessel."
Dill said she spent a lot of time praying for the church and victims before she spotted the suspicious black sedan while commuting to work. After the tip, police almost immediately apprehended the suspect. more >>
Grieving relatives of the nine worshipers gunned down at a Bible study in the basement of a South Carolina church Wednesday painfully forgave the confessed gunman, Dylann Roof, and urged him to "repent" during his bond hearing Friday. Judge James Gosnell set his bond at $1 million and he remained in custody late Friday afternoon.
The tearful family members of the victims who died in the massacre at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, expressed their pain and heartache between sobs while speaking at 21-year-old Roof's bond hearing. The cuffed Lexington resident, who was dressed in a prison jump suit, appeared at the hearing via video link and looked calm and expressionless as he listened.
"I forgive you," the emotional daughter of Ethel Lance, 70, one of the victims, told Roof. "You took something really precious from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her ever again, but I forgive you!" more >>
Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia paid their respects to the nine victims of the church massacre in Charleston, North Carolina by lighting candles at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy on Thursday.
Although the first lady made no comment nor issued a statement, an official at Duomo said Obama and her daughters lit candles in memory of the victims along their unannounced stop at the Gothic-inspired church, according to the Associated Press. The trio were also joined by Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, the official said.
On Wednesday night, suspected shooter Dylann Roof opened fire during a prayer meeting at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine people and injuring three. The 21-year-old South Carolina native has been taken into custody where he admitted to the crime on Friday, and his gun charge alone was set on a $1 million bond, while the nine counts of murder are ineligible for bond. Roof's next court date is set for Oct. 23. more >>